Lasell College is committed to helping students achieve academic and personal success, both in and out of the classroom environment. The mission of the Office of Disability Services is to assist all students, including individuals with disabilities, to fully access the academic, residential and social aspects of student life at Lasell College. The Director of Disability Services works in close collaboration with Academic Affairs, Residential Life, Health Services and Counseling Center in order to facilitate student accommodation requests. The Director will work directly with students in the development of accommodation plans, and in the oversight of any disability related supports needed in accessing the College's academic and student life.
Understanding Disability Law
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states that: "No otherwise qualified person with a disability in the United States...shall, solely by reason of...disability, be denied the benefits of, be excluded from participation in, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."
Colleges and universities receiving federal financial assistance must not discriminate in the recruitment, admission, or treatment of students. Students with documented disabilities may request modifications, accommodations, or auxiliary aids, which will enable them to participate in and benefit from all postsecondary educational programs and activities. Postsecondary institutions must make such changes to ensure the academic program is accessible to the greatest extent possible by all students with disabilities.
The Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act of 2008
The Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act of 2008 is the civil rights guarantee for persons with disabilities in the United States. It provides protection from discrimination for individuals on the basis of disability. The Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act of 2008 extends civil rights protections for people with disabilities to employment in the public and private sectors, transportation, public accommodations, services provided by state and local government and telecommunication relay services.
The Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act of 2008 upholds and extends the standards for compliance set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to employment practices, communications, and all policies, procedures, and practices that impact on the treatment of students with disabilities.